Has Panorama fallen for some dodgy figures?
By Nicky Stocks, Communications and Media Team, Friends of the Earth
Taken from Friends of the Earth's Green Blog
Tonight's Panorama includes a claim that Britain could save £34 billion if it ditched plans for offshore wind energy.
It's a figure from a report by accountants KPMG that's making waves in the papers and on TV.
It hasn't been released yet but our energy experts have had a look at the claims and are concerned that KPMG's numbers don't quite add up.
The terms 'capital costs' and 'running costs' take me back to my struggle through economics A-level and threaten to bring me out in a cold sweat.
But you don't need to be an economics guru to see that something fishy is going on.
The £34bn figure is based on the cost of setting up different energy types - not the cost of running them on an ongoing basis.
It's a bit like buying a car and failing to account for the cost of filling it with petrol.
Obviously supplying power stations with gas is pretty different from supplying wind turbines with wind - especially as the cost of gas has gone up by 90% in the past 10 years.
It's not the first time renewable energy has come under fire in recent months - or the first time media has fallen for some dubious data on this.
We'll be watching closely and tweeting throughout the programme. Follow our updates.
Nicky Stocks, Communications & Media Team
Nicky Stocks, 08/11/2011